We are exactly 6 weeks away until ST LOUIS VINTAGE MARKET DAYS: SPRING 2015!!
(scroll down to end to read all the details!)
I basically never learn my lesson, because I’ve done almost nothing to prepare so far. Ha! I mean, I have a basic idea and most of my pieces, but the real hard work, is yet to be done. I have sooo much furniture to refinish, build, repair, blah blah blah!
This week the weather has warmed up considerably, and last Sunday we had the Meet & Greet put on by Chanda, so we could come pick up materials and see where the vendor assigned spaces are! This year the location is absolutely IDEAL!!
The address is 631 Veterens Place Drive, Chesterfield Missouri.
I don’t know how she did it, but Chanda got the entire road in front of the park and Chesterfield Amphitheater reserved, so it will be blocked off and all the tents will line the street! Parking is ample, plus you can actually see the Chesterfield Mall from the venue, so overflow parking will be at the mall! For those who aren’t familiar with the area, this is just minutes from I-64.
Here is the covered picnic area that will be converted to vendor spaces, including where I will be! It’s the only covered area and it is just to the left of the entrance (on the road). It’s also where the Meet & Greet was held. Imagine all this with pretty green grass, freshly trimmed, blossoming trees, birds chirping…. and there is a playground right behind this covered picnic area! How ideal is that for families?? Food trucks will be there along the streets as well, and there is plenty of open green grass area for people to spread out and relax in the cool spring weather!
Chanda always has the vendor table adorably decorated with her theme, and this year it is, Save the Earth: Buy Vintage! Love all those globes!
Chanda is one of my most favorite people alive. She is fun, energetic, creative, brilliant, and just down to earth and NICE. I love her.
Just as you walk inside the covered area, in the far back left corner, is my space!
I love it so much! The potential is amazing. I’m getting a smaller booth this year, so stacking will be a must, but I’m excited to plan it out and make it work!
Here’s the details, if you are somewhat local and are thinking about attending:
It starts on Friday, April 24th at 12pm-9pm. Early buying event starts at 11am for volunteers. Volunteers will also be getting a goodie bag with tons of offers and freebies from various vendors!
Friday is really the day not to miss. There will be live music, lots of food trucks, giveaways announced throughout the afternoon, and of course, all the vendors will be bringing their best stuff, including me! To get in Friday, the admission is $10, BUT this will get you back in for the rest of the weekend! So that means, when vendors re-stock every day and bring more amazing treasures, you can come back Saturday and Sunday without having to pay again!
On Friday the lines start forming at least an hour before doors open, and I imagine this year will no different, since Country Living Magazine named Vintage Market Days among the top 7 Best Flea Markets & Barn Sales Not to Miss in 2015! This has gotten us a lot of national recognition and I imagine there will be a lot more people traveling from further away, to attend! The first 2-3 hours on Friday are crazy busy. Crowds are huge (especially with free parking) and people are are serious buyers come on Friday. Things start to calm down a bit around dinner time, but this is also the time that people are getting off work, and since we are so close to the freeway I bet we will get another surge of crowds around 5. In the evening things get more relaxed and fun, with people enjoying warm food from food trucks, cool weather (but still warm because end of April is going to have temps in the mid 70s during the day and 50-60 at night), and live music. Plus with a playground close by, there will be fun for the whole family!
Saturday, April 25th the doors open at 9am-6pm and admission is $5 (you can get in Sunday without having to pay again). It will be insane for at least a couple hours. Saturday is the day EVERYONE plans on attending and since all the vendors re-stock, it will draw in people who came on Friday also! Things start to slow down a bit around lunch time, but still there is decent traffic until about 2pm. That is when better deals will be negotiated. Saturday the doors close at 6, but since we are so close to the mall which is open (and has a theater) until 9, I don’t think this year will slow down as much toward the end of the day. There is so much to do close by, I think Saturday’s crowds will be like Friday’s!
Sunday, April 26th, is the day to make a deal. If you went on Friday or Saturday, you will get in without cost, but if not, admission is $5. If you were eyeing something and weren’t serious enough to pick it up on Friday or Saturday, Sunday is the day you can really negotiate. No one wants to really haul a ton of stuff back home (but we aren’t desperate haha!), so the best prices are made on Sunday. Gates open at 10am and close at 4pm. Vendors are given STRICT rules to not close anything down until AFTER 4, so even if you show up 15 min before gates close, you will still have a chance to shop!
I took tons more pictures of the venue so you could get an idea of what it will be like, and guest posted on the St Louis Vintage Market Days Blog! I would LOVE if you hopped over to see my post and showed some love while you were there!